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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

John Deeth Blog: The end of bipartisanship and the new parliamentary era

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

In the wake of the partisan passage of President Obama's stimulus
bill, many electrons and dead trees have been devoted to Obama's
"failure" to win bipartisan approval. Most of this has focused on
short-term Republican strategy. But I think something bigger is at
work here. What we've seen this month is the fourth, and final, stage
of a decades-long shift in the American party system toward the model
that the rest of the world has: political parties centered around
consistent ideology. For decades, divisions in Congress were dominated
by a "conservative coalition" of Republicans and Southern Democrats.
That day is done.

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